Wisconsin Master Naturalist

COVID-19 Update: We plan to offer in-person Master Naturalist training opportunities that comply with local, state, and University policies beginning May 1, 2021. Announcements of the 2021 Master Naturalist volunteer trainings will start February 1 at the Volunteer Training page.

While staying safe at home, the following activities are encouraged:

  • Online advanced training opportunities.
  • Volunteerism that can be done from home, including working with your volunteer organizations to create digital content and programming, such as virtual tours and experiences; newsletter creation; social media updates; and similar safe at home activities. Master Naturalists, please log into the Portal for volunteer opportunities available during this unique time.
  • Using online technology to meet and strategize with your volunteer organizations and fellow volunteers.


The Wisconsin Master Naturalist program supports a network of well-informed volunteers and instructors dedicated to conservation service, leadership, and lifelong learning. Through expert-led trainings out in nature and in the classroom, Master Naturalists are equipped to address environmental challenges facing the state. Make a positive impact through stewardship, citizen science, and educational activities. Join us today!

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Watch for 2021 locations and dates to be announced starting February 1.

Master Naturalist instructor points to map of Wisconsin with Lake Michigan in background

July 7 - August 11, 2021

Camp Y-Koda Outdoor Skills Center, ...

Master Naturalists pose during hike with walking sticks in the rain

July 11 - July 16, 2021

Trees for Tomorrow

Master Naturalist group poses during field trip to Leopold Shack

July 17 - August 21, 2021

Friends of Urban Nature, Madison Pa...

Summer prairie plants in bloom at Retzer Nature Center on a sunny day

July 26 - July 31, 2021

Friends of Retzer Nature Center, Wa...

Master Naturalists looking through binoculars during bird hike

August 1 - August 6, 2021

Beaver Creek Reserve

Image of Master Naturalists posed for a group picture during field trip on a sunny day. Farm fields and rolling hills appear in behind them.

August 6 - August 28, 2021

Friends of Pheasant Branch Conserva...

image shows boardwalk winding through wetland habitat at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center

August 17 - September 30, 2021

Schlitz Audubon Nature Center

Image of Master Naturalists hiking up a prairie hill to identify blooming plants

August 28 - October 3, 2021

The Prairie Enthusiasts

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The past is always present.
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